As an avid reader, sometimes I find myself having difficulty choosing my next book to read. Or worse yet, I find myself reading a book I don’t particularly enjoy and end up having a difficult time choosing my next read.
Are you an avid reader who also has this experience occasionally? If you are, don’t fret. It happens to all of us readers, especially when you least expect it. For that reason alone, I’d like to provide some tips you can try if you find yourself in a reading rut and are unsure what to do next.
Start With What You Enjoy.
Struggling because you just started a book, but aren’t feeling it and are wondering whether you should put it down? The answer is always yes! If you are reading and find yourself struggling to continue because you just aren’t enjoying what you’re reading, close the book and pick out something else.
But don’t just start with any book. Find something you know/feel like you’ll enjoy. For example, if you have certain genres you know you always gravitate towards, and always find something you enjoy, choose a book from that genre. Or better yet, have a book that you enjoy rereading because it’s one of your favorites? Read that book because chances are you’ll enjoy it and find yourself even more eager for your next read.
Then, Read Something Different.
I know this might seem like bad advice since I just told you to read something you know you’ll enjoy. But bear with me on this. Sometimes after reading a book/genre you know you’ll enjoy, choosing something different can make you even more interested in reading. Why? Because you’re actively choosing to read something different from your usual. And I don’t mean go with something you know you’ll actively not enjoy. I mean choose a book that sounds different from what you typically read, but that has things that you know will interest you within its pages.
For example, before I went to college, I never gave science fiction much of a chance. But after taking a class in school where all me and my peers did was read science fiction and talk about what we read, I realized science fiction was a genre I could enjoy. However, I also realized that I wouldn’t enjoy every science fiction book I’d get my hands on either. That’s because I know there are certain aspects to science fiction I know I wouldn’t enjoy. But when I find something within science fiction that I know I’ll enjoy, I’m willing to give science fiction a shot.
Do the same for genres that you’ve thought about reading but aren’t sure if they are something you’ll enjoy. You never know, you might just find a new genre of books to read that you never thought of exploring before.
If the Book Doesn’t Interest You, It’s Okay Not to Finish and Read Something Else.
Attempting to read a book but quickly discover it’s not holding your attention? There’s no shame in putting it down and trying something else. Sometimes what you enjoy reading might not be what you should be reading at that moment. I know there have been plenty of times when I thought I was in the mood to read something when I quickly realized I wasn’t interested in what I was reading. It’s okay if that happens to you, even when reading in the realm of books you enjoy. Sometimes reading within your favorite genre can be too repetitive. When you start to feel that way (because reading should always be fun), read something else.
Read at Your Own Pace.
Reading a book and quickly discover how much you like it? Continue reading it but read at your own pace. I know sometimes as readers, we’ll want to get through the story of a book to find out what happens next. However, you shouldn’t always do that because you might end up finishing it a whole lot faster than you anticipated. While it’s a wonderful feeling at times to find books you enjoy and finish them, I know I sometimes have in the past read books and then been sad I’ve finished the journey I went on.
For me, reading is a journey with each book I read because I never know what I will discover. So I feel like as a reader, we owe ourselves to read something, and if we’re enjoying it, take it at a slower pace. That way, we can continue reading the story and allowing ourselves the time to actually enjoy it.
That’s it for my tips for getting out of a reading rut! Did the advice I provide help in any way? Are there tips that help you out that you didn’t see here? Don’t hesitate to comment below if there are any tips or things that help you out of a reading rut that I didn’t mention.